The West Kortright Centre will present Town Mountain, a bluegrass band that incorporates elements of rockabilly and old-school country, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.
Town Mountain features guitarist and lead vocalist Robert Greer, banjoist Jesse Langlais, mandolinist Phil Barker, fiddler Bobby Britt, and Zach Smith on bass.
Since releasing its debut album, “Original Bluegrass and Roots Country” in 2007, Town Mountain has made a name for itself in bluegrass and roots circuits and has amassed a sizable catalog of original songs. The group has toured with artists including Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys, the Del McCoury Band, Greensky Bluegrass, and Yonder Mountain String Band. Its 2016 album “Southern Crescent” debuted at #4 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and remained for 10 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s radio chart Top 40. That same year, Town Mountain made its Grand Ole Opry debut, performing both at the Opry House and at the famed Ryman Auditorium.
The band’s latest album, “New Freedom Blues” (2018), is full of new material and features several guest artists including Tyler Childers, who co-wrote one of the songs. Recorded at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Studios with producer Caleb Klauder, the 11 tracks span the band’s eclectic influences, from traditional bluegrass to roots pop to hardscrabble honky-tonk. The title song “is about the feeling you get after you’ve broken up with someone or done something you thought would be best in the long run,” band member Phil Barker said in a media release. “You keep telling yourself it was the right thing to do, but the second-guessing hurts like hell. The song specifically talks about a relationship, but the feeling could be applied to any life decisions, political or otherwise.”
Tickets to the concert are $32 or $28 for members. Day-of tickets cost $4 more. Tickets are $10 for youths 9 to 18 and free for those younger. Tickets are available online until 24 hours before the show; as well as at the door. The ticket booth opens at 7 p.m. the day of the show and the doors open at 7:30. Concertgoers may purchase food onsite from 6 to 8 p.m. or bring a picnic.
West Kortright Centre is at 49 West Kortight Church Road in West Kortright. For advance tickets and exact travel directions, visit westkc.org.